Feeling Down? Feeling Depressed? Do you need a little more laughter in your life?
When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know, an eyes watering, belly holding, crying, possibly rolling on the floor kind of laugh? If you can’t remember, consider this. Kids laugh on average 300 times per day, whereas adults laugh less than 20 times per day. What happens to the joy, playfulness, and silliness that we used to experience as kids? While life, living and responsibilities do get in the way and sometimes suck the joy out of us, it’s important to be able to laugh and remember to laugh regularly.
Keep reading to see How to Make Yourself Laugh Now to Feel Better.
They say “Laughter is the Best Medicine”, and I totally agree! When I’m feeling down or blue, a laugh or smile, funny joke, funny TV show or funny movie usually helps me feel a little better – that and a little chocolate!
- 😊ER Doctor to Nurse: How are things with that kid who swallowed the roll of quarters?
- Nurse: No change yet.
In the 1970s, a journalist named Norman Cousins published an article about how laughing helped him to heal during a serious medical illness. Since then, researchers have looked into how laughter might make us healthier, and they have found that laughter helps the body in many ways Physically, laughter:
- Makes our heart pump blood to the rest of our body more efficiently
- Relaxes our muscles, which can decrease pain
💲Keep this pillow on your bed, couch or chair, as a daily sunny reminder to try to be happy today:
Here are just a few benefits of Laughter and Smiling regularly:
- Increases memory, creativity, and problem solving
- Increases the levels of human growth hormone
- Lowers cortisol, the hormone our bodies make during stress
- Helps our immunity by increasing the number of cells that fight infections
- Increases oxygen levels in our body by relaxing our airways and helping our breathing.
😊How to Make Yourself Smile:
Here’s a little contagious laughter, try listening and see if it makes you smile:
*😊There’s a cute joke and reaction around the 3:40 mark that makes me smile, hopefully you will too:
It’s true, laughing and smiling help to improve our overall happiness levels, which also helps us cope long-term with health and well-being issues.
💲Here’s a cute little zipper bag to keep in your purse as a reminder to make searching for happiness a habit. Click on the image for the current price:
Why Make Yourself Laugh?
Laughter has been proven to have positive physiological effects for those who engage in it on a regular basis.
Here are just a few benefits of making yourself laugh:
- Laughter increases the “feel-good” chemicals (endorphins) in our body.
- Laughing helps increase our self-esteem and helps us feel more hopeful and optimistic.
- Laughter makes us friendlier and improves how we interact with others. This may positively affect our relationships with coworkers, family and friends.
- 😊I once heard a joke about amnesia, but I forgot how it goes.
Cousins, who was a journalist, had improved his illness symptoms through the use of humor. He watched Marx Brothers movies regularly and found that they helped to improve his pain tolerance. Ultimately, his book, Anatomy of an Illness, sparked interest in the healing benefits of humor and laughter.
Sure, laughter helps to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress hormones because it triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Some people call laughing “internal jogging,” because a belly laugh gets your circulation flowing and can produce a cardio-like workout. But, how can we get more smiles and laughter in our life, especially when we’re feeling down or depressed?
😊How to Make Yourself Laugh: Watch this funny video of Funny Water Fails:
If you can find ways to smile regularly, you can trick your brain into happiness and boost your health, feel better and lift your spirits. Laughter can help reduce stress and lighten the mood.
Smiling and laughing help change our body chemistry and brain function, and increase heart and respiratory rates. After these initial changes, our body moves into a state of relaxation, and we do feel better.
😊How to Make Yourself Laugh: DAD JOKES-Watch these two celebrities try to make each other laugh:
Why make yourself laugh to feel better? Because,
- Laughter lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
- Laughter activates the reward system in the brain.
- Laughter increases serum immunoglobulins A and E. In most studies, it seems to increase natural killer cell activity as well.
- It raises levels of beta-endorphins(the feel-good chemicals of the body) and increases human growth hormone.
So, if you successfully work to make yourself laugh, your body will thank you and work with you to make you feel better!
😊Here are 10 more ways to try to make yourself laugh, smile and feel better:
1. Go online and search for jokes websites. Visit a few and spend 10 minutes reading jokes and keep reading until you chuckle or smile at a few. Jokes Cafe, Jokes Warehouse, Great Clean Jokes, and Jokes.com are just a few.
- 😊What do dentists call their x-rays?Tooth pics!
- 😊Did you hear about the first restaurant to open on the moon?It had great food, but no atmosphere
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2. Go to YouTube and in the search box enter “funny stuff” and you’ll have your pick of funny videos to watch… animals, babies, bloopers are a few to get you started.
3. Watch a funny movie. Here are a few suggestions:
- The Hangover
- My Cousin Vinny
- Best in Show
- Groundhog Day
- What About Bob
- Step Brothers
- Meet the Parents
4. Sign up on a jokes website to receive a joke of the day emailed to you.
5. Startle someone – hide behind a door, wall, or in a closet and pop out at them shouting BOO! You’ll both get a good laugh.
😊Make Yourself Laugh: Watch people being startled below on the Ellen Show:
6 . Watch episodes of America’s Funniest Videos, you can find them on YouTube.
😊Make Yourself Laugh: Watch Funny Animal clips below:
7. Watch stand-up comedian’s specials on TV, YouTube, or Netflix,etc, such as:
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Sebastian Maniscalco
- Wanda Sykes
- Kevin James
- Chelsea Peretti
- Jim Gaffigan
8. Invite a funny friend to lunch or dinner, spending time with them will make you smile, laugh, and feel good.
9. Stand in front of a mirror and practice laughing. Try belly laughs, chuckles, laugh out loud.
😊Make Yourself Smile: Listen to funny baby laughs below:
10. Try doing laughter yoga to make yourself laugh:
And here’s one more: Try to make someone else laugh. Do whatever it takes, go on the internet and find some funny jokes to tell them, pull a prank on them, do stupid tricks, tell them funny stories, jump up and down on one foot, stand on your head, play them a funny video, make fun of yourself…do whatever you have to to get them to laugh – and in the process you’ll get a good laugh too!
😊Make Yourself Smile: Watch this cute video of a guy trying to get the guard to smile:
- 😊What did the ocean say to the beach?Nothing, it just waved.
Mindful Awareness Moment
Have a Good Laugh or Smile Right Now
Take some time and search online for something humorous. It might be an excerpt from a television show, a humor website, a risque limerick, or a knock-knock joke you can share with your kids. Just find something that makes you smile.
As you laugh, note what happens in your body.
- Did laughing change your emotional state?
- How about your physical state?
- And what about your mental state?
Laughter is relaxing because it causes your heart rate to slow down and your blood pressure to decrease. It’s also a positive outlet for anger and anxiety, and provides a healthy escape from reality.
Don’t Give up, Keep Trying to Make Yourself Smile
Hopefully some of the above videos , jokes or suggestions brought a smile to your face. If not, KEEP TRYING! Just don’t give up trying because a smile, chuckle or laugh really can lift your mood and spirits!
😊😊😊😊😊😊😊Are you seriously in need of a laugh and pick me up? Go to a local comedy club! Go by yourself or with someone, just Go!
Do you ever notice how the air just feels lighter when laughter fills the room? Laughing puts us at ease, and also increases bonds between people because we are having a fun, shared experience, laughter is contagious and can help you feel better!
How do you find a comedy show?
- Go to Google.Com and enter “comedy club near me” in the search box.
- Go to the website eventbrite.com. In the search box type “comedy show” and for the area, allow them to use your current location.
- Visit Yelp.com and enter “Comedy clubs near me” in the search box
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Comments by readers:
- There are times when I will recall a hilarious memory, like a friend’s sledding accident, and start laughing like a crazy person.
- Boy could I use a good laugh after such a lousy day. Thanks for your advice.
- I like pulling a prank on someone!! :))
- Good advice
- Great stuff found in your treasure chest :)
- Made me smile just reading this
- I watch cartoon or comedy movies when I am down :)
Signs of Depression
If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. Several persistent symptoms in addition to low mood are required for a diagnosis of major depression, but people with only a few – but distressing – symptoms may benefit from treatment of their “subsyndromal” depression. The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.
No two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you.
If you think you may have depression, start by making an appointment to see your doctor or health care provider. This could be your primary care practitioner or a health provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Visit the NIMH Find Help for Mental Illnesses if you are unsure of where to start.
Beyond Treatment: Things You Can Do
Here are other tips that may help you or a loved one during treatment for depression:
- Try to be active and exercise.
- Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.
- Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
- Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced, or changing jobs until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
- Continue to educate yourself about depression.